Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale Instant Pot Recipe

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What is Inflammation?

Lately, I’ve been reading more about inflammation and how it impacts our bodies. All inflammation isn’t harmful. It is nature’s way to heal injuries and fight illness.

However, long-term, low-level inflammation wreaks havoc with our bodies. A John Hopkins study links inflammation to Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart issues. Getting inflammation under control may help prevent these debilitating diseases.

In the study, doctors noted a link between poor lifestyle habits and high levels of blood markers indicating low-level inflammation. So, what is the advice? The same advice doctors suggested for years: get sleep, eat well, exercise, and manage stress.

What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

According to Harvard University, overeating red meat, fried foods, highly refined foods, and sugar promotes inflammation. The anti-Inflammatory diet encourages eating fewer processed foods, choosing lean proteins, and including an abundance of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Unlike some diets that simply limit fat or carbohydrates, the anti-inflammatory diet encourages choosing the right foods within these categories to help limit the body’s inflammatory responses to environmental triggers.

I Love My Instant Pot: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book

I Love My Instant Pot Anti-inflammatory Diet Recipe Book

I received a preview copy of I Love My Instant Pot: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book in the mail this week. After reading through it, I thought you may like to learn more about it, too. It’s the first book of anti-inflammatory recipes for the Instant Pot from a major publisher.

The book features 175 anti-inflammatory recipes broken down into easy-to-find categories. Also, many recipes include beautiful, full-color, photos to get your appetite going! While I favor the vegetarian and seafood chapters, the book covers an entire range of food. And, the author didn’t forget breakfast and dessert.

Wait, desserts? Nope, these are not sticky, sweet, junky desserts. Instead, they use natural sweeteners, like stevia and monk fruit.

In addition to a nice introduction explaining the Anti-Inflammatory Diet, this Instant Pot recipe book details things you may need for your kitchen, such as an Instant Pot. It also includes a metric conversion chart and index. Plus, all the recipes use common ingredients available at any grocery store. In fact, you probably already have most ingredients in your pantry.

Did I mention these recipes are fast? Even on busy weeknights, you’ll have dinner on the table faster than you can say “let’s order pizza.”

I Love My Instant Pot: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book is available on Amazon (as of October 1, 2019) and other major retailers.

Next, I want to try the Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal Bars or the Asian Noodle Bowls. Oh! Or, the shrimp paella.

But, first, I’m making this recipe below!

Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale

Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale Instant Pot Recipe

DifficultyBeginner

If there is such a thing as “healthy comfort food,” this dish definitely qualifies. It’s a dish that will make you feel happy when you’re eating it, enjoying the warming spices and creamy texture. Of course, the ease of preparation makes it even more attractive! This recipe is sure to make it into your regular rotation.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time8 minsTotal Time18 mins

 ¾ cup red lentils
 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, with juices
 1 (13.66-ounce) can unsweetened lite coconut milk
 1 cup Vegetable Broth
 1 tbsp curry powder
 1 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
 1 tsp tumeric
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
 4 cups finely chopped, deveined kale
 1 tbsp lime juice
  cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems

1

Place all of the ingredients, except the kale, lime juice, and cilantro leaves, in the inner pot and stir to combine well. Secure the lid.

2

Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and adjust the time to 8 minutes.

3

When the timer beeps, let pressure release naturally until float valve drops and then unlock lid.

4

Stir in the kale and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve topped with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 328
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g13%
Sodium 1066mg45%
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 ¾ cup red lentils
 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, with juices
 1 (13.66-ounce) can unsweetened lite coconut milk
 1 cup Vegetable Broth
 1 tbsp curry powder
 1 tsp peeled and grated fresh ginger
 1 tsp tumeric
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
 4 cups finely chopped, deveined kale
 1 tbsp lime juice
  cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems

Directions

1

Place all of the ingredients, except the kale, lime juice, and cilantro leaves, in the inner pot and stir to combine well. Secure the lid.

2

Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and adjust the time to 8 minutes.

3

When the timer beeps, let pressure release naturally until float valve drops and then unlock lid.

4

Stir in the kale and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve topped with cilantro.

Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale – Instant Pot Recipe

Excerpted from The “I Love My Instant Pot®” Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book by Maryea Flaherty. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale Instant Pot Recipe
Coconut Curry Lentil Chickpea Bowls with Kale Instant Pot Recipe
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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